There was high drama in the Texas soccer team’s second-round NCAA Tournament match Friday against Clemson in Durham, N.C., as Nicole Curry came up with the winning save during a penalty kick shootout. The Longhorns won the shootout 6-5 to advance to the Sweet 16.
It took seven rounds to decide the winner after the teams played to a 1-1 draw in 110 minutes of action.
This is the first time Texas has advanced to the Sweet 16 since 2007. The Longhorns will take on the winner of Duke-Oklahoma State at noon Sunday.
Paige Hooper knocked in the deciding goal for Texas before Curry came up with the clinching save. Atu Mshana, Katie Glenn, Haley Berg, Chelsea Surpris and Emma Jett also scored for UT in the shootout.
The Longhorns missed an opportunity to seal the win in the fifth round of penalties. After Surpris scored to make it 4-3, Curry couldn’t stop a tying goal by Clemson to extend the shootout.
Texas got on the scoreboard first in regulation on an exceptional chip shot over the goalkeeper by Cyera Hintzen. Cydney Phillips assisted on Hintzen’s 10th goal of the season in the 61st minute.
In addition to making the game-clinching save, Curry came up big in the run of play. She made a save on a shot from 5 yards away in the 66th minute that would have tied it.
Clemson did eventually pull even on a goal by Patrice DiPasquale on a cross by Mariana Speckmaier in the 87th minute.
The game was the Texas soccer team’s 10th that has gone into overtime this season.